Derrick Rose fined $25,000 by NBA for ripping refs
BY NEIL HAYES Twitter: @bynhayes March 13, 2012 5:02PM
Bulls guard Derrick Rose reacts after he thought he was fouled going to the basket and no call was made in the second quarter of the Chicago Bulls 104-99 win over the New York Knicks Monday March 12, 2012 at the United Center. | TOM CRUZE~Sun-Times photo
Updated: March 13, 2012 5:12PM
Derrick Rose has been fined $25,000 by the league for critical comments made about the officials after Monday night’s win over the Knicks at the United Center.
Rose’s frustration during and after the game was obvious. He drove to the basket time and again early in the game and drew contact but no foul was called.
At one point, he complained to the officials about the Knicks setting illegal screens. Again, no call.
“I’ve got to be the only superstar in the league going through what I’m going through right now,” Rose said after the game.
Rose showed a lot of emotion after a resounding dunk with 6:02 left in the game. When asked why, Rose said: “I was mad because they weren’t calling any calls the whole game. “That’s probably the reason why.”
When asked he thought his comments would draw a fine from the league, Rose said: “I couldn’t care less right now.”
Although Rose was not available to the media after Tuesday’s practice at the United Center, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau addressed the issue.
“Derrick is not a complainer,” Thibodeau said. “Usually, if he says something he has a point he wants to make. I thought he was driving the ball pretty hard and didn’t get calls.”